Western University

Western Libraries

Academic Library · Canada

Research and Scholarly Communication


Kristin Hoffmann, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian
Phone: 1-519-661-2111 x84818
Email: khoffma8@uwo.ca

Program Overview

The publishing mission of Western Libraries is to work directly with faculty and students to achieve their academic publishing goals by providing tools for and expertise in disseminating original scholarly work, advocating for open access, and educating them about ethical and rigorous publishing processes and standards.
  • Publishing activities began: 2008
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 2 - Early
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English, French, Spanish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 7
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Grants, Library materials budget, Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Databases
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • Dataverse
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks

Additional Services:
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Scholars Portal


Other Policies:
Repository collection policy
Other Information:
We also provide substantial Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services and support for publishing, using Esri GIS software.